The Toronto Blue Jays have revealed two of the prospects they are sending to the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Blue Jays completed five trades leading up to the MLB trade deadline landing Taijuan Walker, Daniel Vogelbach, Jonathan Villar, Robbie Ray, and Ross Stripling all in separate deals. A couple of the deals were for players to be named later, however, we have since received some clarity on the players going the other way in two of the deals.
Walker was acquired earlier last week for a PTBNL in an attempt to shore up the starting rotation in light of a trio of recent injuries. The Blue Jays will reportedly be shipping Alberto Rodriguez to Seattle to complete the transaction.
The 19-year old outfielder spent last season with the Gulf Coast Blue Jays hitting .301/.364/.422 with a pair of home runs and 13 stolen bases in 47 games. In 108 career games in the minors, the young outfielder is hitting .274/.356/.392 with seven homers and 34 swipes in 42 attempts.
We also learned that pitcher Kendall Williams would be heading to the Los Angeles Dodgers as half of the return for pitcher Ross Stripling. Williams was selected in the second round of the 2019 amateur draft from the IMG Academy in Florida.
In his first taste of pro ball, Williams made six appearances including five starts for the Gulf Coast affiliate. The 20-year old posted an impressive 1.13 earned run average while fanning 19 in 16 innings of work. The big right-hander slides in as the Dodgers 26th ranked prospect organizationally by MLB.com.
There is no word on who the second player going back to the Dodgers at this point is but you would have to think it will be a lesser talent than the aforementioned Williams.
The active MLB roster is definitely much improved and poised for a postseason push following the handful of deals that Ross Atkins managed to consummate over the past week.